Exiting the forming station, the material passes through a die-cutting operation that trims the top off the entire piece and then cuts free from the continuous sheet of material a strip containing anywhere from four to 15 containers. T
Packaging material is fed from two unwind stands at floor level. Dancer bars help feed the material freely. Before any forming or filling can take place, the two webs must first travel to an overhead level.
Each agrichemical bottle at Micro Flo receives a pressure-sensitive label from one of two side-by-side label applicators from Videojet Technologies. When a roll of labels runs out on one machine, the other applicator is employed so that no production time is lost.
At Micro Flo, a worker places empty F-style containers onto this infeed conveyor table. At the end of the table, suction cups grab six containers and transfer them onto a perpendicular conveyor that carries them single file towards an indexing filler-capper.
From an infeed table, F-style containers enter this 10-station indexing filler-capper from PACK'R North America (Batavia, IL).. Containers are filled at several stations before a closure is applied and torqued on in a two-step process.
On this vertical form/fill/seal machine at Omstead, a servo motor-driven cross-seal assembly is synchronized with side belts. Seal jaws make a smooth “D”-shaped cycle to close on the film tube, simultaneously sealing the top of the filled bag and forming a bottom seal for the next bag.
New Vari-Right right-angle top-load carton closer is the first system of its kind to offer a continuously variable pitch conveying design, according to supplier. Combines the carton size flexibility of lugless systems with the positive control of conventional flighted machines. I
Emerging from the filler enclosure, wine bottles are conveyed through a Heuft (Downers Grove, IL) detection unit that uses a combination of photocells and high-frequency signals to check for cork presence, cork breakage, and improper fill height.